Dark and Dangerous and Wholly Unconscionable

Abby Zimet

This is getting ridiculous. Officials in New York's Suffolk County just sacked Santa Claus - aka David McKell, 83 - because they couldn't afford his $660 salary from their overburdened $2.7 billion budget. This, after officials in Highland Park, a poor black community outside Detroit, not only turned off most of their streetlights but ripped them out because they couldn't pay their monthly electric bills, leaving neighborhoods dark and residents scared. Hey, here's an idea. Tax the friggin' rich. A modest Wall Street transaction tax would raise $350 billion. Good times, street lights for all.

 “We had to watch our backs when we got out of our cars before. Now we have to watch them even more closely.”

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